Dr. Richard J. Dundas III

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Dr. Richard Joseph Dundas III, 96, of Rutland, died May 10, 2014, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 26, 1918, in Harrisville, N.H., the son of Richard Joseph Dundas II and Mary (Burke) Dundas.

He graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in Education for Industrial Arts in 1939, Harvard University with a master's degree in education administration in 1950 and earned his doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 1955 for guidance and counseling. He was a licensed professional psychologist.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served from 1942 to 1946, serving as a navigation instructor before his honorable discharge.

He was employed from 1946 to 1957 by the University of Connecticut on the Waterbury campus as a registrar and mechanical engineering instructor. He assisted in establishing and operating the branch campus, registered students and taught courses in engineering drawing and applied descriptive geometry. In 1957, he was named president of Castleton State College. He was instrumental in planning and equipping nine of the colleges 12 buildings and recruited all but three of 70 faculty members. He developed new programs in liberal arts, elementary education, secondary education, business education and nursing. He initiated new services, such as a cooperative law enforcement program with Northeastern University, an intensive teacher-training program for liberal arts graduates, adult extension courses, the 10-week summer term, filmmaking and television workshops, summer theater and a pre-college program for disadvantaged children. From 1969 until 1981, he was a consultant and counselor at Rutland Public Schools, Royalton College, Vermont Law School and College of St. Joseph. From 1970, he was college and university lecturer at the University of Vermont, College of St. Joseph, Castleton State College and Community College of Vermont until his retirement in 1982.

He was an accomplished trumpet player and was a member of the Rutland City Band and the First Republic Brass. He collected antique and modern brass instruments for study and demonstration. He was the author of "Twentieth-Century Brass Musical Instruments in the United States."

He was a member of the American Psychological Association, National Education Association, American Musical Instrument Society, International Trumpet Guild, N.Y. Brass Conference for Scholarships, Rotary Club, Harvard Club of Vermont and the American Legion.

He was a volunteer with Rutland Regional Medical Center from 2003 until 2011, a volunteer at Rutland Free Library, a board member of Harmony Ridge Brass Festival, trustee of Kinhaven Music School and a trustee of the Hayes Foundation (which awards study grants to area children) from 1982 until 2012.

Survivors include his children, Richard J. Dundas IV of Rutland and Marjorie Dundas Ruhf of Rohrersville, Md.; and eight grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Johnson Dundas, who died Jan. 25, 2002.

As per his wishes, there are no memorial services planed.

Arrangements are by Aldous Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hayes Foundation, c/o Rebecca Majoya, PO Box 1257, Rutland, VT 05701.
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Published in Rutland Herald on May 13, 2014
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